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John Feather: Beyond Addiction: How Older People are Forgotten in the Opioid Crisis

posted Wed, Jan 17, 2018   by The Huffington Post

In his latest blog for the Huffington Post, GIA CEO John Feather discusses how the opioid crisis affects people of all ages, but the needs of rural communities and older people are getting overlooked. How philanthropies can get involved.

AARP Purpose Prize: Nominations close March 6, 2018

posted Wed, Jan 3, 2018   by AARP

The AARP Purpose Prize is the only national award in the United States that celebrates people 50 and older who are using their life experience to make a difference. Through the Purpose Prize, AARP celebrates the creativity, innovation and inspiration that life experience brings. Each year, five winners receive $50,000 each to celebrate their achievements and broaden the scope of their work. Included within the AARP Purpose Prize is the Andrus Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, celebrating the legacy of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who was an innovative educator and social change agent. It recognizes work that brings multiple generations together for a better community.

Alzheimer’s Impact on Rural Health is Prompting Innovation

posted Tue, Jan 2, 2018   by RAC Monitor

There is a compelling need for new models of care and caregiving for people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias in rural places. Rural healthcare isn’t sitting back waiting for things to change in policy; instead they have been creating bold innovative solutions that are showing positive results and can be duplicated.

John Feather Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from NHCOA

posted Wed, Dec 13, 2017

John Feather, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), accepted the 2017 Ophelia Rinaldi Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Council on Aging at its annual awards dinner in Washington, DC on December 12, 2017. The award recognizes Dr. Feather’s decades of work in philanthropy, gerontology, and education, his commitment to improving the lives of older people, and his past service on the board of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, which is the nation’s premier organization focused on improving the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers.

New Grants from The John A. Hartford Foundation

posted Thu, Dec 7, 2017   by The John A. Hartford Foundation

The John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees approved three new grants totaling $833,000 in December 2017 to disseminate evidence and tools that can improve cost and quality outcomes for older adults and to promote policies that strengthen the eldercare workforce. Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation: - Health Affairs – Publishing and Disseminating Lessons on Innovative Health Care Models for an Aging Population ($496,000 for two years) The Tides Center: Eldercare Workforce Alliance ($200,000 for two years) Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Continued Development of the Better Care Playbook ($137,000 for one year) For more detail, please click through to the Foundation's website.

4 States Awarded Pacesetter Price for Improvements in LTSS

posted Thu, Dec 7, 2017   by The SCAN Foundation

Leaders in the field of aging and disability have been recognized by The SCAN Foundation with the inaugural Pacesetter Prize. This award was given to state government leaders in Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Wisconsin for their work to improve the lives of older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. The SCAN Foundation will host a webinar on December 14 at 12 PM ET in which the four winning states will come together to discuss their best practices and share their ideas for effective improvements. Register at http://bit.ly/2kxL7Ji. .

GIA Webinar: Age-Friendly Rural Transportation

posted Tue, Dec 5, 2017   by Grantmakers In Aging

Join GIA for this webinar on rural transportation on Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 at 2:00pm EST. Access to transportation is a rural imperative as it is a huge determining factor in aging well but transportation options in rural areas tend to be more limited. Transportation is critical for community engagement, independence, and self-determination; is key to combat isolation; supports economic security and volunteerism; provides access to healthcare and preventive services, nutrition and other social opportunities; and provides much needed support to caregivers. Moderator: John Feather, CEO Grantmakers In Aging. Panelists: Laura Mason, Program Officer, May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust; Andrew Levack, MPH, Senior Program Officer, St. David’s Foundation; and Amy St. Peter, Assistant Director, Maricopa Association of Governments. Click to learn more and to register.

Health Affairs: Foundations’ Efforts To Improve Rural Health Care

posted Fri, Nov 17, 2017   by Health Affairs GrantWatch

Health Affairs GrantWatch blog celebrates National Rural Health Day with a wrap-up of foundations working in the area of rural health. The story includes many GIA friends and members and cites GIA's own rural aging initiative and report on the impact of the opioid epidemic on rural communities.

Finding a Better Frame: How a Funders Group Looks at Aging

posted Thu, Nov 2, 2017   by Inside Philanthropy

In this profile of GIA in Inside Philanthropy, John Feather discusses the organization's work in ReFraming Aging, age-friendly communities, intergenerational approaches, rural aging and health, the building the field.

2017 GIA Diversity Award Goes to Tufts Health Plan Foundation

posted Mon, Oct 23, 2017

At its 35th anniversary annual conference, held in Boston, Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) presented the GIA Diversity Award for 2017 to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Jackie Jenkins-Scott, a member of the board of directors of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the president of Wheelock College, accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation and its grantees. The award was established in 2003 to recognize national, regional, and local individuals, programs, and organizations that embrace diversity as a fundamental element in all levels of their work in aging. It reflects GIA’s firm belief that diversity is a critical element of strong grantmaking in aging, and that diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, age, gender, race, national origin, religious beliefs, physical abilities and characteristics, sexual orientation, economic circumstances and lifestyle, or gender expression.

Philanthropy and opioids: why we must see beyond addiction

posted Thu, Oct 12, 2017   by Philanthropy Daily

In this piece for Philanthropy Daily, John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging, reflects on why we must see beyond addiction in tackling the opioid epidemic and making sure that the unique problems facing older adults receive the attention they need.

POLITICO: Finding out what matters most at the end of life

posted Fri, Sep 22, 2017   by POLITICO

Special coverage by POLITICO, sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation, examines palliative care and end of life care, age-friendly health systems, and supporting family caregivers.

Health Foundation selects 10 organizations for next phase of Aging by Design initiative

posted Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Ten organizations have each received $25,000 grants to learn how to apply design thinking to reimagine how they might address the needs of older adults and caregivers in western and central New York. The funding is part of Aging by Design, a four-year initiative developed by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to improve the health of older adults. By using Design Thinking, Aging by Design uses an approach to problem solving that puts the needs of older adults and the problems they may be experiencing at the core. The process brings older adults, informal caregivers and community-based providers together to identify issues, generate ideas and implement solutions to address triggers of decline. Triggers of decline precipitate a decline in physical, cognitive or mental health for otherwise healthy older adults living in the community. By using this person-centered approach, it ensures that older adults and caregivers are key partners and contributors in this initiative.

AARP Public Policy Inst paper on dementia caregiving

posted Mon, Sep 11, 2017   by AARP Public Policy Institute

The demands, stress, and health toll on family caregivers is immense, and dementia caregiving is particularly demanding. This paper from the AARP Public Plicy Institute examines evidence-based caregiver supportive services for family caregivers of persons living with dementia, and highlights several programs that have been shown to improve one or more aspects of the quality of life of family caregivers and can be implemented in local communities. This paper also summarizes positive program outcomes and identifies common characteristics of these successful caregiver programs and services. Lastly, the paper recommends ways to improve the evidence base and address identified barriers to enable families to access effective support services where they live.

GIA issue brief on older people and natural disasters

posted Mon, Aug 28, 2017   by Grantmakers In Aging

GIA has an Issue Brief on the needs of older people in natural disasters and the role for philanthropy. Written by Jenny Campbell, PhD, it draws on the lessons learned in previous disasters, gives examples of past responses by funders, and offers information resources, including potential partners and essential organizations.

Disaster response: Resources for funders from United Philanthropy Forum

posted Mon, Aug 28, 2017   by United Philanthropy Forum

In response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the United Philanthropy Forum has compiled a a list of responses, news items, resources and programming for philanthropy. They are also sponsoring a webinar on 8/29 specifically for funders seeking to become involved. Learn more here: http://disasterphilanthropy.org/event/hurricane-harvey-recovery-donors-can-help/

New GIA Report: Opioids & Rural Aging: Heartache, Pain & Hope

posted Thu, Aug 24, 2017   by Grantmakers In Aging

Making Investments In Rural Health: Health Affairs blog

posted Tue, Aug 22, 2017   by Health Affairs blog

In this post for Health Affairs, Allen Smart, director of the Rural Philanthropic Analysis project at Campbell University, describes key tenets of being a better rural funder. Smart was previously senior vice president and interim president of the North Carolina-based Kate B. Reynolds Trust and serves on the steering committee of GIA's rural aging initiative.

Asthma takes heavy, even deadly, toll on older people

posted Fri, Aug 18, 2017   by Kaiser Health News

Estimates vary, but up to 9 percent of older adults are thought to have asthma — a respiratory condition that inflames the lungs and interferes with breathing, writes Judy Graham in Kaiser Health News. With the advance of years, physical changes take a toll. People’s lungs become less elastic, their chest walls more rigid, and the muscles that help power the respiratory system less strong, exacerbating breathing problems. Other biological changes, notably shifts in patterns of inflammation, may reduce older patients’ response to inhaled corticosteroids. Asthma medications can also be expensive and out of reach of some lower-income people.

Medicare Advance Care Planning benefit use higher than expected

posted Fri, Aug 18, 2017   by USA Today via Kaiser Health News

In 2016, the first year health care providers were allowed to bill for the service, nearly 575,000 Medicare beneficiaries took part in the conversations, according to new federal data obtained by Kaiser Health News. Nearly 23,000 providers submitted about $93 million in charges, including more than $43 million covered by the federal program for seniors and the disabled. Use was much higher than expected, nearly double the 300,000 people the American Medical Association projected would receive the service in the first year.

WashPost: 1 million jobs on the line as Senate votes on health care

posted Tue, Jul 25, 2017   by The Washington Post Wonkblog

America could lose more than a million jobs if the Senate votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Post's Wonkblog reports, drawing on a report from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund. “This legislation could single-handedly put a big dent in health care job growth,” said Leighton Ku, the lead author of the report and the director of the Center for Health Policy Research at George Washington University.

Prepare for Your Care website jump-starts advance care planning: Kaiser Health News

posted Tue, Jul 25, 2017   by Kaiser Health News

Most Americans avoid making important end-of-life decisions, called Advance Care Planning, because the conversations can be uncomfortable and the paperwork can be confusing, Kaiser Health News reports. Rebecca Sudore, a geriatrician at the University of California-San Francisco, created prepareforyourcare.org, which provides step-by-step instructions and video stories to help people navigate the care they want at the end of their lives. She built the site in 2013 for families unsure how to broach sensitive questions. In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in May, she and other researchers found that the website — combined with the use of an “advance directive” form — prompted participants to plan ahead. Funding from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, California Health Care Foundation, Stupski Foundation, as well as the American Cancer Society, California Health Care Foundation, The Donaghue Foundation, John and Wauna Harman Foundation, National Institute on Aging, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, UCSF, and Veterans Health Services Research & Development.

Journey of a giving family: profile of Bader Philanthropies

posted Wed, Jul 5, 2017   by Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Bader Philanthropies got into “impact investing” before it became fashionable, Dan Bader said. He explained impact investing with this rhetorical question: “How do you use your resources as a Foundation to have a bigger impact beyond just traditional grant making?”

NY Times: Plan on Growing Old? Then the Medicaid Debate Affects You

posted Wed, Jul 5, 2017   by The New York Times

While the haggling over the calculations continues, it is hard to predict or quantify how painful the proposed Medicaid cuts will be for seniors compared with children and adults who are poor or have disabilities. Each state will have some discretion over which of its populations bear the brunt of any cuts. The Congressional Budget Office did suggest on Thursday that Medicaid’s budget could be 35 percent lower by 2036 if the Senate’s most recent proposal were to take effect, rather than if the status quo remained. So if anything like the proposed cuts come to pass, the impact will be meaningful. In addition to nursing homes, Medicaid may also pay for home- and community-based care for older adults.

Ford Foundation welcomes Ai-jen Poo to Board

posted Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Here is how Ford Foundation president Darren Walker introduced the newest member of the Foundation's board, Ai-jen Poo, who spoke at the last GIA conference and is an important leader in the direct care and home care movement: I’m thrilled to announce and welcome our new board member, distinguished labor rights advocate Ai-jen Poo. Ai-jen is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations. Her early start as a community organizer led her to create Domestic Workers United in 2000, which played a critical role in New York state passing the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010, the first law in the country to guarantee basic labor protections such as overtime pay, paid leave, and legal protections from harassment and discrimination. She has also been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women. In Ai-jen we have gained an extraordinary leader and voice for large communities of people whose rights are often challenged in this country.

Philanthropy Daily on funding for rural America

posted Thu, Jun 8, 2017   by Philanthropy Daily

Writing in Philanthropy Daily, John Feather says, "Rural America is overdue for a much better effort from philanthropy. Rural grantmaking has been declining for years and is disproportionately low: one analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of large foundation grants showed that only 6.3 percent benefited rural communities, even though they are home to about 20 percent of the population. Other estimates are even lower. What happens next could – and should – be far more constructive. If so, rural communities would get more help with long-unmet needs, and funders would have a chance to help create meaningful, even life-changing impact."

AARP: Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Report

posted Wed, Jun 7, 2017   by Aging Readiness & Competitiveness Report

"A healthier, more productive, and more engaged older population is essential to building a prosperous and sustainable future. As such, a rethinking of the role of older adults in our communities and economies is imperative." Presented by AARP and FP Analytics, this report examines aging policy in 12 countries with particular emphasis on four "pillars" -- Community Social Infrastructure, Productive Opportunity, Technological Engagement, and Healthcare and Wellness.

AARP Bulletin Special Report: The Opioid Epidemic

posted Wed, Jun 7, 2017   by AARP Bulletin

Part of a larger report on the opioid epidemic in the AARP Bulletin, "The New Caregivers: Grandparents fill gaps in drug-ravaged families" takes a look at the many older adults who are stepping in to addiction-ravaged families to care for grandchildren.

AARP Bulletin Special Report: The Opioid Epidemic

posted Wed, Jun 7, 2017   by AARP Bulletin

Part of a larger report on the opioid epidemic in the AARP Bulletin, "The New Caregivers: Grandparents fill gaps in drug-ravaged families" takes a look at the many older adults who are stepping in to addiction-ravaged families to care for grandchildren.

John Feather: Combatting Ageism: We have new tools

posted Thu, May 25, 2017   by Grants Solutions blog

Writing for the Grants Solutions blog, GIA CEO John Feather says that ageism is pervasive in American society and we will never move forward to meet the needs of older people until we face it head on. He then cites new tools produced by the FrameWorks Institute for re-framing aging, calling it "a major step forward to help counter ageism."

New Intergen'l Report from Eisner Fdn and Generations United

posted Mon, May 22, 2017

"I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, The Old, and What We Can Achieve Together," the new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation, highlights national examples of pioneers reuniting the generations and making their communities better places to live. It includes a new public opinion survey on how Americans of all ages feel about the young and the old uniting. Taking inspiration from the survey findings and featured organizations, the report highlights inventive, intergenerational solutions and actionable ways to harness the benefits of connecting generations.

GIA rural aging guide discussed in Philanthropy Daily

posted Mon, May 15, 2017   by Philanthropy Daily

In "Help for the Heartland," Philanthropy Daily discusses the new funding guide for rural aging from GIA, saying, "The rural-urban divide is increasingly coming to be seen as the defining faultline in American life....A new charitable initiative proposes to address this most dramatic of separations. Perhaps this new little program will suggest a way forward for Big Philanthropy."

Jane Carmody joins The John A. Hartford Foundation as program officer

posted Thu, May 11, 2017

Jane Carmody, DNP, MBA, BSW, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, has joined The John A. Hartford Foundation as a new Program Officer. She has practiced in community social work, psychiatric inpatient nursing, intensive care, and community health care. She has held significant executive leadership positions over the years, including as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Health, formerly Alegent Creighton Health.

Phillip González Joins Tufts Health Plan Foundation as Senior Program Officer

posted Thu, May 11, 2017

Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced Phillip González has joined the Foundation as its new senior program officer overseeing community investments. González is a national leader in health philanthropy with experience leading innovative initiatives whose demonstrated impact on health and health care policy have led to great outcomes for community. In his new role, González will work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island to advance the Foundation’s focus on age-friendly communities. Before joining the Foundation, González served as program director at Community Catalyst, Inc., a national non-profit advocacy organization working to build consumer participation in the health care system.

New resource from GIA: an introduction to rural aging

posted Wed, Apr 19, 2017

As part of its rural aging initative, supported by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, GIA is proud to present New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Rural Aging. This introductory document will help acquaint funders, elected officials, nonprofits, government agencies, civic organizations, and residents with the possibilities for forging constructive partnerships and improving the experience of rural aging. Click through to explore the document, or learn more about the initiative at www.GIAging.org/rural-aging.

John Feather blogs: A Powerful New Tool to Combat Ageism

posted Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Writing about the newly released ReFraming Aging toolkit, John Feather describes how these communications tools and ideas can help anyone who cares about aging strengthen their communications and achieve more impact on policy goals and changing the way the public thinks about the issue of aging.

AP: Federal surveys trim LGBT questions, alarming advocates

posted Thu, Apr 6, 2017   by Associated Press

LGBT advocates are questioning the Trump administration's quiet deletion of questions on sexuality from two federal surveys. Combined with the withdrawal of another planned survey evaluating the effectiveness of a homelessness project for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, the moves have alarmed watchdogs who worry they may point to a manipulation of government data collection to serve the ideology of a government they view as hostile to their causes.

What a Difference a Place Makes: John Feather's new Huffington Post blog

posted Mon, Apr 3, 2017   by The Huffington Post

In his latest blog for The Huffington Post, John Feather talks with Paul Irving, chairman of the Center for the Future of Aging at the Milken Institute, about their new Best Cities for Successful Aging report and the importance of age-friendly communities.

Miami joins AARP-WHO Network of Age-friendly Cities

posted Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Miami-Dade County, along with the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, joined a prestigious network of more than 380 cities and global communities committed to promoting greater health, well-being and quality of life for people of all ages, when AARP Florida, in affiliation with the World Health Organization, awarded them a special designation.

New Survey Gauges Hopes, Fears of Aging: AP-Norc, West Health

posted Wed, Mar 22, 2017   by West Health website

About 70 percent of Americans over the age of 30 think the country is “a little or not at all prepared” to address the healthcare and social support needs of its fast-growing senior population and nearly 6 in 10 believe that the efforts that are currently underway are not going in the right direction, according to a new national survey on aging released today by the West Health Institute. Additionally, when it comes to their own aging experience, Americans as young as 30 worry most about developing memory problems, facing health and financial issues and losing their independence. These are among the findings of the West Health Institute/NORC Survey on Aging on America, a survey of more than 3,000 adults conducted to contribute to the understanding of people’s hopes, fears and perceptions of aging during each decade of life after 30, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Topline results available at http://www.norc.org/PDFs/WHI-NORC-Aging-Survey/WHI_NORC_Aging_Survey_Topline_FINAL.pdf.

Milken Institute: Best Cities for Successful Aging 2017

posted Fri, Mar 17, 2017   by Milken Institute

This new report, a collaboration of the Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging and Research Department, is the third edition and evaluates ranks 381 cities, large and small, on how well they serve the needs and meet the expectations of the nation’s largest-ever population of mature adults. The initiative also includes The Mayor's Pledge, begun in 2014, which encourages mayors to join the movement for purposeful, healthy aging and create cities that are livable for all.

WSJ: GOP Health Plan Would Hit Rural Areas Hard

posted Tue, Mar 14, 2017   by Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal

The House Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act could hit many rural areas particularly hard, according to a new analysis, sharply increasing the cost for some residents buying their own insurance. The consulting firm, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Cos. is the first to project what consumers could actually have to pay to get health plans under the House's blueprint. The Oliver Wyman analysis highlights how rural areas, where individual insurance premiums are often higher, could see a major effect from the shift to flat-sum tax credits. Compounding that, rural populations are often older and poorer, so the proportion of those doing worse under the new subsidy setup may be higher.

AARP Policy report: Medicaid a lifeline, "last resort"

posted Mon, Mar 13, 2017   by AARP Public Policy Institute

Medicaid is the nation’s largest publicly funded health and LTSS insurance program for people with low incomes, and a lifeline for millions of children and adults with disabilities and older people who depend on the program for health care and assistance with long-term services and supports (LTSS), writes AARP Public Policy Institute's Wendy Fox-Grage in this new report. For people who need extensive services, the private cost without the program can be extremely high, far beyond what they can afford. For these individuals, Medicaid becomes a program of last resort.

RFF invites funders to replicate the Accessible Faith Grant Program

posted Tue, Feb 28, 2017   by RFF website

For more than a decade, The Retirement Research Foundation partnered with houses of worship through the Accessible Faith Grant Program, a special initiative to remove physical barriers to accessibility and further their social justice efforts. We learned that when a sacred space is made more accessible for older adults, the entire community benefits in countless ways. RFF would like to encourage other funders to develop a version of the Accessible Faith Grant Program. It is transferable, readily replicable, easily scalable and adaptable. RRF will freely share its materials, experience, and advice. Learn much more at Retirement Research Foundation's website.

Rural Health Care Crisis & Freestanding Emergency Centers

posted Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Over the past several decades, rural hospitals have closed at alarming rates, according to an article in HEALTH AFFAIRS. A 2016 study identified over 650 rural hospitals vulnerable to closure in 42 states with 38 percent of 1,332 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) operating at a financial loss. Freestanding Emergency Centers (FECs) present a practical solution to this crisis. FECs are not urgent care centers. They are full-service EDs, which by statute in most states are open 24 hours. FECs can bring time-sensitive critical care to rural communities, along with treatment for urgent conditions that require complicated diagnostic evaluations. FECs operate as either Hospital Outpatient Departments (HOPDs) owned by health systems, or in some states are independently-owned. As of 2015, there were 387 HOPDs and 172 independently owned FECs.

Psychotropic drug use by older adults increases, especially in rural areas

posted Tue, Feb 14, 2017

The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday. The New York Times reports that the new analysis, based on data from doctors’ office visits, suggests that inappropriate prescribing to older people is more common than previously thought. Office visits are a close, if not exact, estimate of underlying patient numbers. The paper appears in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Medicare "death panel" fears, legislation re-emerge for end-of-life counseling

posted Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Controversy is threatening to reemerge in Congress over Advance Care Planning funding, which pays doctors to counsel some 57 million Medicare patients on end-of-life treatment preferences, USA Today reports. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, introduced a bill last month, the Protecting Life Until Natural Death Act, which would revoke Medicare reimbursement for the sessions, which he called “yet another life-devaluing policy.” While the fate of King’s bill is highly uncertain — the recently proposed measure hasn’t seen congressional action — it underscores deep feelings among conservatives who have long opposed such counseling and may seek to remove it from Medicare should Republicans attempt to make other changes to the entitlement program.

$900K project will test housing with supportive services model: Hebrew Seniorlife

posted Wed, Feb 8, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife will use $900,000 in funding to test a model of housing with supportive services that it says could improve quality of life and reduce medical costs for older adults living in affordable housing and potentially save the healthcare system billions of dollars every year if rolled out nationally, reports McKnights Senior Living. The “Right Care, Right Place, Right Time: Effectively Integrating Senior Care and Housing” initiative, funded with a $420,000 grant from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission through the Health Care Innovation Investment Program and $480,000 from other sources, will try to determine whether wellness teams embedded at supportive housing communities offer a more coordinated approach to anticipating and responding to resident needs.

ACA Repeal Seen Thwarting State Addiction Efforts

posted Mon, Feb 6, 2017   by Stateline from Pew Charitable Trusts

In the three years since the Affordable Care Act took effect, its federally funded expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults has become the states’ most powerful weapon in the battle against the nation’s worsening opioid epidemic, reports Stateline, a project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts that Stateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Now, as Congress and President Donald Trump debate potential replacements for the law, governors, health care professionals and advocates for the poor are cautioning that any cut in federal funding for addiction treatment could reverse much of the progress states have made.

NY Times: Who will care for the caregivers?

posted Mon, Jan 30, 2017   by New York Times

There are some 40 million American caregivers. Every day, they help a parent, grandparent, relative or neighbor with basic needs: dressing, bathing, cooking, medications or transportation. Often, they do some or all of this while working, parenting, or both. And we — as doctors, employers, friends and extended family — aren’t doing enough to help them. According to AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, the typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for an older relative — but nearly a quarter of caregivers are now millennials and are equally likely to be male or female. About one-third of caregivers have a full-time job, and 25 percent work part time. A third provide more than 21 hours of care per week. Family caregivers are, of course, generally unpaid, but the economic value of their care is estimated at $470 billion a year — roughly the annual American spending on Medicaid.

Webinar 3/6: Purposeful Aging: A Model for a New Life Course

posted Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Purposeful aging holds great possibilities for people of all ages. Older adults today are healthier and more vibrant than generations past and represent a formidable human capital asset. Millions of them are seeking new pathways to purpose. As mentors, they enhance intergenerational understanding. Through encore careers and volunteerism, they contribute to society’s well-being. And their own as well. This "Conversations with GIA" webinar, Monday, March 6, 2017, from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST, will discuss how purposeful aging is correlated with longer life, better health, emotional resilience, and the advancement of our children; and some ways in which we all can play a role in the solution. Presenters: Paul H. Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California. And Trent Stamp, CEO, The Eisner Foundation. Co-Sponsored by: The Eisner Foundation and The John A. Hartford Foundation. No CEUs are available for this webinar.

"A Place for Us" Affordable senior LGBT housing opens

posted Thu, Jan 26, 2017

A new development in Cleveland is the city’s first affordable housing community geared toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors. "A Place for Us" in Cleveland—developed by The NRP Group in partnership with Linda Krasienko, president of A Place For Us Development—is providing 55 units of affordable housing for seniors 55 and older. The development also is providing needed housing and services for the aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. After striking out several times, she reached out to Cleveland-based The NRP Group, a national top affordable housing developer, which helped make her dream a reality. It is the first affordable housing development in Ohio catering to LGBT seniors and one of only a handful across the nation.

Seniors in poverty see largest increase in untreated tooth decay

posted Fri, Jan 13, 2017   by Pew Charitable Trusts Research and Analysis

Tooth decay rates over the past 15 years have declined for children but have risen for adults, with poor seniors experiencing the largest increases, according to a new analysis of government data, writes Jane Koppelman, Director of Research for the Dental Campaign of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Rural hospitals brace for damage from ACA repeal

posted Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Kaiser Health News reports that, "in the wake of this fall’s presidential election,...many ...rural hospitals will likely face new financial challenges that will intensify longstanding struggles, experts say. The Affordable Care Act, which President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal, threw a number of life-savers to these vital but financially troubled centers. And its full repeal, without a comparable and viable replacement, could signal their death knell. The health care law expanded Medicaid to tens of thousands of previously uninsured patients, providing new revenue streams for rural hospitals, which often serve a poorer, sicker patient population. The law also created a program that allowed some of these facilities to buy prescription drugs at a discount. “All these rural hospitals are operating on thin margins. The removal of any income source or coverage, or expansion of bad debt, is going to create significant financial hardship,” said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association.

Nora Obrien-Suric to lead Health Fdn of Western & Central NY

posted Fri, Jan 6, 2017   by Buffalo Business First

The Health Foundation of Western and Central New York has announced that its new president will be Nora Obrien-Suric, PhD, who has been at The John A. Hartford Foundation since 2008 as a Senior Program Officer. Obrien-Suric a doctoral degree in social welfare, policy and administration from Hunter College of The City University of New York, a master’s degree in behavioral science and gerontology from California State University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy from St. Michael’s College and a certificate in geriatric mental health from the University of Southern California. She replaces Ann Monroe, chair of the GIA Board of Directors, who in March announced her intention to retire from the Foundation.

USDA Rural Development 2016 Progress Report

posted Tue, Jan 3, 2017

With a foreword by Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, and Lisa Mensah, USDA Rural Development Under Secretary, this report includes a state-by-state progress report and thematic sections on housing, economic development, poverty, tribal nations, jobs, business, energy, and utilities.

Cargill Philanthropies keeps founder’s vision alive

posted Tue, Jan 3, 2017   by Philanthropy Daily

This December 2016 article from Philanthropy Daily discusses the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, "poised to take its place as the eighth largest philanthropy in America, following a restructuring and consolidation of three separate funds established by the late Margaret Cargill, heiress to the Minnesota-based agricultural conglomerate" It goes on: "Cargill left behind more than $6 billion for charitable purposes, which puts her foundation behind giants like the Gates Foundation ($87.8 billion) but just ahead of well-established philanthropic powerhouses like Bloomberg Philanthropies ($6.5 billion). Her massive bequest is now finally ready to be converted into pure philanthropic firepower, thanks to steps taken by her foundation’s leaders over the last decade.

How Judith Rodin Created A New Model for Philanthropic Funding At The Rockefeller Fdn

posted Tue, Dec 27, 2016

During her tenure, the outgoing president has created innovative ways to use philanthropic dollars to unlock corporate donations, because—while philanthropy has a lot of money—it's not enough to solve the world's problems on its own.

GIA Members Support Playbook for Better Care

posted Tue, Dec 20, 2016

Five national foundations—The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, and The Commonwealth Fund—have launched an online resource to help health system leaders and insurers improve care for patients with complex medical and social needs. Developed by experts at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs offers insights about patients with complex needs, examples of successful approaches to care, guidance on making the business case for these models, and information about opportunities for policy and payment reform.

Webinar Jan 27: Family Caregiving: New Horizons for Caring Across America.

posted Tue, Dec 20, 2016

This webinar will discuss a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report, Caring Across America, with presenters Donna Benton, PhD, Director, University of Southern California Family Caregiver Support Center; and Rani Snyder, MPA, Program Director, The John A. Hartford Foundation. Co-Sponsored by Archstone Foundation, Grantmakers In Health, and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

New Report from Milken Inst: Power of Purposeful Aging

posted Tue, Dec 20, 2016   by Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging

With people living longer than ever and the world’s older population expanding at an unprecedented rate, the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging convened the Purposeful Aging Summit in Los Angeles in 2016. Thought leaders from public policy, business, academia, philanthropy, and media gathered to discuss reframing perceptions of aging in the 21st century. This report, The Power of Purposeful Aging:Culture Change and the New Demography, summarizes the themes, findings, and vision of the Purposeful Aging Summit.

NextFifty Initiative announces new CEO

posted Tue, Oct 25, 2016   by NextFifty Initiative

NextFifty has announced their new CEO, Margaret Franckhauser. Franckhauser will officially join NextFifty in January 2017. She comes to the grant-making nonprofit from Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, where she spent 19 years as CEO of the visiting nurse organization. NextFifty is also preparing to accept grant applications from across Colorado and the nation in 2017.

6 Ways research is changing how we age: AFAR

posted Thu, Oct 13, 2016   by The Huffington Post

Steven Austad, PhD, scientific director at the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) writes in a new column for the Huffington Post about the state of scientific research on aging.

New guide on unleashing the power of public-philanthropic relationships

posted Thu, Sep 29, 2016

A new how-to guide from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shares lessons learned from the Sustainable Communities Initiative. Includes HUD's experience working side-by-side with philanthropy, aligning their efforts with long-standing community engagements and investments to serve and lift up distressed neighborhoods and underrepresented residents.

Report from The Summit on Creativity and Aging in America

posted Mon, Sep 26, 2016

The summit was held in collaboration with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, May 18th, 2015 at the National Endowment for the Arts. This report, co-presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging, brought together 75 experts in arts, aging, design, and health services, and covers topics discussed in three breakout sessions: age-friendly community design; health and wellness and the arts, promoting arts interventions to improve health and well-being outcomes among older adults; and lifelong learning and engagement in the arts—promoting greater cognition and creativity among older adults by means of social engagement.

Taking on ageism: Milken's Paul Irving

posted Tue, Sep 20, 2016

New Report Finds Lack of Support for Family Caregivers

posted Wed, Sep 14, 2016   by Next Avenue

Family caregivers for adults 65 and older are stressed, isolated and and often suffering financially, as Next Avenue reports.. With the aging of the boomer population, many more family members and friends will be needed to care for them in America in coming years. And yet fewer of those helpers will exist. Those are some of the troubling conclusions of the new report, "Families Caring for an Aging America," by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The John A. Hartford Foundation was the lead funder for this report, which also had support from Alliance for Aging Research. Alzheimer's Association, Archstone Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, Retirement Research Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, Tufts Health Plan Foundation, and Veterans-Health-Administration.

Taking on ageism: Milken's Paul Irving

posted Wed, Sep 7, 2016   by LA Times

Paul Irving, chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, recently responded to a Los Angeles Times article on age discrimination in Hollywood. Click through to read his entire letter.

John Feather: How Reducing Social Isolation Protects Older Adults

posted Tue, Sep 6, 2016   by the Huffington Post

In this very popular piece from his Huffington Post series, John Feather discusses the problem of social isolation and how age-friendly communities offer ways to address it. Originally published in April 2015: "What we now know is that lonely hearts are hearts at risk, because social isolation is a killer. Specifically, social isolation is associated with, and a powerful predictor of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, institutionalization, stroke, re-hospitalization, depression, and increased risk of suicide, just to name a few. It is linked to everything from a higher risk of contracting the common cold to faster tumor growth in cancer patients. All in all, socially isolated people are twice as likely to die prematurely (even controlling for other relevant factors) than are people with many strong social relationships. This generally holds true for people of all ages. Older people, however, may need and respond to somewhat different forms of support and intervention to address the problem of isolation."

Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

posted Tue, Sep 6, 2016   by The Huffington Post

In Britain and the United States, roughly one in three people older than 65 live alone, and in the United States, half of those older than 85 live alone. Studies in both countries show the prevalence of loneliness among people older than 60 ranging from 10 percent to 46 percent. John T. Cacioppo, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and director of the university’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, has been studying loneliness since the 1990s. He said loneliness is an aversive signal much like thirst, hunger or pain.

GIA seeks Board nominations

posted Thu, Sep 1, 2016

‘America’s Other Drug Problem’: Copious Prescriptions For Hospitalized Elderly

posted Tue, Aug 30, 2016   by Kaiser Health News

An increasing number of elderly patients nationwide are on multiple medications to treat chronic diseases, raising their chances of dangerous drug interactions and serious side effects, writes Anna Gorman in Kaiser Health News. Often the drugs are prescribed by different specialists who don’t communicate with each other. If those patients are hospitalized, doctors making the rounds add to the list — and some of the drugs they prescribe may be unnecessary or unsuitable. “This is America’s other drug problem — polypharmacy,” said Dr. Maristela Garcia, director of the inpatient geriatric unit at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. “And the problem is huge.” This article was reported during a fellowship supported by New America Media, the Gerontological Society of America and The Commonwealth Fund.

NY Times op-ed: "Jailing Old Folks Makes No Sense"

posted Tue, Aug 30, 2016   by New York Times op-ed

Geraldine Downey, director of the Center for Justice, and Frances Negrón-Muntaner, professor at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, both at Columbia University, write in the New York Times that, "if prisoners older than 50 have served decades-long sentences and have shown evidence of rehabilitation, the only rationale for holding them appears to be endless punishment and retribution." Even as the overall prison population continues to decrease, it is estimated that by 2030, there will be more than 400,000 over 55s — a staggering increase from 1981, when there were only 8,853. The numbers are rising despite recognition that continuing to lock up older prisoners not only does nothing to reduce crime, but is also expensive and inhumane. More and more aging people are becoming seriously ill and dying in prison. Prisons are not equipped to be nursing homes.

WHO Call for Submissions, Age-friendly Practices Against Ageism

posted Mon, Aug 22, 2016   by International Federation on Aging

Ageism is a serious concern for older people and is heartbreakingly ubiquitous, from the negative ways older people are portrayed in the media, to employment limitations, to social environments that restrict the full participation of older people in societies. To raise awareness for this year’s United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) theme, Take A Stand Against Ageism, cities and communities are encouraged to share their concrete actions to combat ageism by submitting Age-friendly Practices against Ageism. Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2016.

Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being

posted Wed, Aug 17, 2016   by Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics

This new report takes a close look at the key indicators of well-being in older adults in the United States, as they live longer and face new economic, health care, and residential living challenges. 41 indicators of well-being are broken into six broad groups – population, economics, health status, health risks and behavior, health care, and environment. This year’s report also includes new indicators on social security beneficiaries, dementia, long-term care providers, and transportation, plus a special feature on informal caregiving.

What U.S. cities can do to help seniors live better

posted Fri, Aug 12, 2016   by WBUR.org

Our nation’s 65-and-older population is growing rapidly, but most U.S. cities are totally unprepared for that demographic shift. We don’t simply need more public transportation and affordable housing. We also need more benches at bus stops, longer crosswalk signals, and more homes with master bedrooms on the first floor. Americans may shudder at the thought of aging, but it happens to us all. On Point takes a look at getting our cities ready for a graying population, and what makes communities aging-friendly.

Hospital stays often worsen disabilities of elderly patients

posted Wed, Aug 10, 2016   by PBS

Many elderly patients deteriorate mentally or physically in the hospital, even if they recover from the original illness or injury that brought them there. Research shows that about one-third of patients over 70 years old and more than half of patients over 85 leave the hospital more disabled than when they arrived. Specialized medical units to meet their needs, like San Francisco General's Acute Care for Elders (ACE) ward, may be the answer.

Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. Seniors Has Some Form of Disability

posted Mon, Aug 8, 2016   by HealthDay

A new U.S. government report on aging finds that close to a quarter of Americans over 65 have some form of disability, according to a news release from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, which authored the report. The Forum found that in 2014, "22 percent of the population age 65 and over say they have at least one limitation in vision, hearing, mobility, communication, cognition, or self-care." That finding means millions of Americans -- often spouses or children -- are becoming caregivers for disabled, aging loved ones.

Washington Post: Baby boomers are taking on ageism & losing

posted Thu, Aug 4, 2016   by The Washington Post magazine

At a time when conditions have vastly improved for women, gay people, disabled people and minorities in the workplace, prejudice against older workers remains among the most acceptable and pervasive “isms,” writes Lydia dePillis in the Washington Post magazine. And it’s not clear that the next generations — ascendant Gen Xers and millennials — will be treated any better. Structural, economic and demographic changes have created new types of ageism that are more subtle and widespread. Older workers have the misfortune of wanting to work longer just as a new generation is trying to get an economic foothold. In a weak economy, companies are sometimes all too happy to dump veteran employees, with their higher health-care costs and legacy pensions, for younger ones who expect neither.

GOVERNING magazine cites GIA on age-friendly communities

posted Tue, Aug 2, 2016   by GOVERNING magazine

A new article in GOVERNING magazine, "The Growing Imperative for Age-Friendly Communities" by Adam Davis of DHM Research, cites GIA's work, saying, "places that take the needs of an aging population seriously now will fare best over the long haul." The article also cites the recent GIA-funded study by Margaret Neal and Alan DeLaTorre at Portland State University on making the economic case for age-friendly communities.

Kathy Greenlee's farewell blog as she departs ACL

posted Fri, Jul 29, 2016   by Administration for Community Living

Today is Kathy Greenlee's last day at the Administration for Community Living. She posted this blog as her farewell to the aging and disability community.

Founder of Hope Meadows, Generations of Hope retires

posted Sun, Jul 24, 2016   by Press Release from Generations of Hope

Generations of Hope announces new President and CEO FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Champaign, Illinois, July 23, 2016 – Following the retirement of Dr. Brenda Eheart founder and President, Generations of Hope is pleased to welcome Tom Berkshire as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Berkshire has taken over the duties as President and CEO promoting the development of multiple intergenerational neighboring communities being created around the country. He will oversee the development of a consulting and information service that reaches out and provides services to new intentional communities serving elders and vulnerable populations. Mr. Berkshire joins Generations of Hope with over 35 years’ experience in government policy, child welfare administration and consulting, most recently as President at New Century Retirement Living. Before that, he was Chief of Staff for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, President and CEO of Illinois Easter Seal Society, Human Service Policy Liaison for Governor James R Thompson, and Human Service Planner for Governor Dan Walker. He has worked in program planning and budgeting in Connecticut and Wisconsin state government and for San Diego County and the Greater London Council. Mr Berkshire has been a consultant to Generations of Hope for the last seven years. “Creating new types of communities that provide affordable housing for seniors and address a significant issue such has improving the lives of foster children or helping older youth with developmental differences find a safe and interesting life is an exciting service to lead. Dr Eheart, our founder has initiated a truly remarkable new type of community, beginning with Hope Meadows in Rantoul in 1994. Her concept of an neighboring community providing a quality life for vulnerable populations and seniors continues to be expanded throughout the United States. I am pleased to carry on her wonderful, award winning work.” Generations of Hope provides developmental services to individuals and organizations who wish to create an intentional inter-generational neighborhood for populations such as foster-adoptive children, youth aging out of foster care, people with developmental differences and wounded warrior families providing a quality, helping lifestyle for seniors and a vulnerable population . It is currently working on twenty projects around the country and in Canada. berkshire5@comcast.net 217.381.9403 Huntington Tower 201 W. Springfield, Suite 209 Champaign, IL 61820 Phone: 217-363-3080 ghdc.generationsofhope.org

Feather: The Economic Case For Age-Friendly Communities

posted Fri, Jul 22, 2016   by the Huffington Post

If we are going to get anywhere building lifelong communities that work for everyone, we must be able to show that older people, far from being the economic drain they are sometimes painted to be, are an economic boon, says John Feather in his latest Huffington Post blog. Age-friendly communities can help us re-imagine our cities and towns, improve services, and stimulate economic growth. Framed this way, age-friendly communities become economic engines, not cost centers. So engage your mayor. Crunch some numbers with your regional economist. Befriend an urban planner. Take a real estate developer to lunch. Communities for all ages need allies in every sector.

"America, Let's Do Lunch" campaign from Meals on Wheels

posted Wed, Jul 20, 2016   by Meals on Wheels YouTube

Great new ad campaign to recruit volunteers for Meals on Wheels, produced by The Ad Council. We welcome Meals on Wheels as a new GIA affiliate member.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundations Launches New Guide to Help Older Adults

posted Tue, Jul 19, 2016   by Healthy, Delicious Food at Every Age

As part of this Healthy Food Fund initiative, the Foundation recently published a guide for older adults called “Healthy, Delicious Food at Every Age,” which provides easy-to-use information on eating and living well as an older adult – including tips on how to shop for, cook and even grow your own healthy food, and features recipes and important information on how food interacts with common medications. Enclosed is a copy for your use. Please contact Deborah Liu at Deborah_liu@harvardpilgrim.org for additional copies.

Aging Societies Should Make More of Mentorship: Freedman & Stamp

posted Thu, Jul 7, 2016   by Harvard Business Review

In this piece by Encore.org's Marc Freedman and Eisner Foundation's Trent Stamp for the Harvard business Review, the authors argue that research by Harvard Medical School professor George Vaillant demonstrates that older people who mentor and support younger people in work and in life are three times as likely to be happy as those who fail to engage in this way. And there is a substantial body of knowledge showing that younger people themselves can reap many benefits for this kind of sponsorship and support. Valliant goes on to argue that the benefit derived these connections isn’t just luck, it’s essential to human nature—stating simply that “biology flows downhill,” that we’re wired to come together across the ages. If biology flows downhill, shouldn’t society as well—especially when society will contain more older people than ever before, while becoming more dependent than ever on the productivity of a relatively smaller cohort of young people?

Kathy Greenlee to retire at the end of July

posted Wed, Jun 29, 2016   by Administration for Community Living

Edwin Walker, who currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, will assume the roles of Acting Administrator of ACL and Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging.

Dychtwald: 5 Course Corrections Needed for a Better Future of Aging

posted Tue, Jun 28, 2016   by Next Avenue

Writing in Next Avenue, Ken Dycthwald of AgeWave sets out top priorities for a better future for an aging America.

Pew: Can Car-Centric Suburbs Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers?

posted Tue, Jun 21, 2016   by The Pew Charitable Trusts STATELINE

The American suburbs, built for returning GIs and their burgeoning families, are already aging. In 1950, only 7.4 percent of suburban residents were 65 and older. By 2014, it was 14.5 percent. It will rise dramatically in the coming decades, with the graying of 75.4 million baby boomers mostly living in suburbia. But car-centric suburban neighborhoods with multilevel homes and scarce sidewalks are a poor match for people who can’t climb stairs or drive a car.“Most [boomers] are in a state of denial about what really is possible and what’s reasonable for them as they age,” said John Feather, a gerontologist and the CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, a national association of foundations for seniors.

Unique challenges in rural health care: HealthLeaders Media

posted Wed, Jun 15, 2016   by HealthLeaders Media

Rural healthcare providers, who have long dealt with an older and sicker demographic, difficulty in finding physicians, and economic constraints, and are now pushed to the brink by healthcare reform, writes HealthLeaders Media's John Commins. Many rural healthcare leaders are embracing population health as their future—not because it offers economic salvation (it doesn't), but because it makes perfect sense for their mission: to provide care for the community. For the most part, U.S. Census data show that the 2,000 or so rural and nonurban hospitals that serve this population treat a patient base that is generally older, sicker, and less affluent than their urban counterparts. Rural hospitals have much more difficulty recruiting and retaining providers than do urban hospitals. Wide stretches of rural America are bereft of healthcare services.

Opening our eyes to elder abuse

posted Wed, Jun 15, 2016   by Next Avenue

An estimated 5 million older Americans are abused, neglected or exploited every year, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, reports Next Avenue on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. That’s a conservative number, the organization says: for every one case that’s reported, as many as 23 are not. “Elder mistreatment is a serious public health issue, and merits the same level of response as child abuse or domestic abuse,” says Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., president of The John A. Hartford Foundation and a researcher and authority on elder mistreatment and abuse.

Next Avenue: programs to pay family caregivers

posted Mon, Jun 13, 2016   by Next Avenue

A program offered through the Massachusetts Medicaid program called Caregiver Homes compensates families for their caregiving, reports Next Avenue.So far, six states offer structured family caregiving programs: Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio and Rhode Island. More widespread than structured family caregiving is a model known as “cash and counseling.” Arkansas pioneered it in 1998 through a federal demonstration grant. Now Arkansas’s Independent Choices is one of many such programs around the nation that help 800,000 low-income people who are at risk of having to move to a nursing home. Beneficiaries can pay family (most states do not cover spouses) or friends for caregiving services. By doing so, they often get more help than they would if they paid for home care through an agency.

NYAM, Milbank report: age-friendly resources from 38 states

posted Wed, Jun 8, 2016   by New York Academy of Medicine

The Atlantic: The graying of rural America

posted Fri, Jun 3, 2016   by The Atlantic Monthly

Over the past two decades, as cities have become job centers that attract diverse young people, rural America has become older, whiter, and less populated, The Atlantic reports. Population decline in rural America is especially concentrated in the West. There’s a lot of wide-open land there, but most people, and young people especially, live in the cities.

Feather, GIA members named GSA Fellows

posted Wed, Jun 1, 2016   by Gerontological Society of American

The newly named Fellows of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — include John Feather, PhD, CEO of GIA, as well as GIA members Gretchen E. Alkema, PhD, of The SCAN Foundation; Richard Browdie, MBA, of the Benjamin Rose Institute; and Ruth D. Palombo, PhD, recently retired from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. GSA inducted 94 Fellows in all. See the whole list here.

NYTimes: America's homeless getting older

posted Tue, May 31, 2016

The New York Times reports that there were 306,000 people over 50 living on the streets in 2014, the most recent data available, a 20 percent jump since 2007, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. They now make up 31 percent of the nation’s homeless population.

RWJ Opportunity: Managing Director, Leadership for Better Health

posted Tue, May 31, 2016

Job opportunity at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Reporting to the senior vice president for Programs, the managing director, Leadership for Better Health, will specifically lead the newly refined set of four change leadership programs designed to extend the influence and impact of leaders working to build a Culture of Health, including: Health Policy Research Scholars, Clinical Scholars Program, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, and Culture of Health Leaders. Core to the Foundation’s mission, these programs support the development of diverse health care leaders as well as leaders from other sectors who can help build health into our communities and the nation as a whole. Additionally, the managing director will cultivate relationships with the business sector to engage and empower business leaders in championing a Culture of Health.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Fdn healthy nutrition grants

posted Fri, May 20, 2016   by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has awarded $202,950 in new ‘Healthy Food for Every Age’ grants to 22 not-for-profit initiatives in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. The funded programs are designed to help older adults eat better and stay connected to their communities through community garden, cooking, and nutrition programs. Grant awards are renewable for one additional year. These new grants bring the total amount of Healthy Food Fund grants awarded in 2015-2016 to more than $1.6 million.


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